• The committee had also received dozens if not, hundreds of emails from residents who were asking us to refer the decision to close 71 community hospital beds in Eastern Devon, to the Secretary of State for Health. Devon County Council’s newly formed Health and Adult Care Scrutiny met for the first time last Monday (19 June) to review this decision. Almost all the committee members are either new[...]

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    The STP is a programme of cuts and centralisation which ministers say must plug the gap of £30bn looming by 2020. It is ruthless, harsh and devoid of the concept of decent patient care. And it will get worse yet. As a health scrutiny member we will be examining these plans in detail at our next meeting. I just hope we do a better job of it than we did of the community bed cuts decision yesterday [...]

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    Back at the March health scrutiny meeting it appeared that a decision had been made in a huge hurry with a large range of important issues left unresolved. See my report of that meeting here - http://www.claire-wright.org/index.php/post/hospital_bed_cuts_to_be_referred_to_secretary_of_state_for_health_unless_ra The Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group has now responded[...]

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    I am not suggesting that Mr Swire didn’t get a hard time on Twitter, but his reaction to the challenging remarks, has been completely over the top. For the record, once again, I have never ever asked anyone to, nor do I know of anyone, who damaged his posters. And to respond only to these false allegations cheapens my campaign and the spectacular level of support my team and I received from [...]

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    This makes me feel happy and furious all at once. As a councillor who has seen firsthand the suffering caused by austerity, this statement simply proves it was a fat lie all along. A big fat lie perpetuated by a bunch of wealthy ruthless people determined to shrink the state and demonise people who have the least. An obsession by the power hungry elite who have never known a day’s financial [...]

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    The results are as follows: • Alison M Eden, Liberal Democrats: 1,468 • Peter H Faithfull, Independent: 150 • Brigitte Graham, UK Independence Party (UKIP): 1,203 • Jan Ross, Labour Party: 6,857 • Hugo Swire, The Conservative Party Candidate: 29,306 (Elected) • Michael D Val Davies, Independent: 128 • Claire L Wright, Independent: 21,270 Turnout 73 per cent I think. One and [...]

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    Thank you so much!!!

    8 Jun 2017 | News

    Whatever the outcome tomorrow, the last few weeks have changed my life. I have loved every second! Thank you to everyone who has given so much in so many ways. Everything crossed. We can do this!

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    In the pretty Devon town of Ottery St Mary, home to the Weasleys and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, an electoral storm is brewing among the cream teas. Independent candidate Claire Wright may be about to wrest the seat from long-time Conservative MP Hugo Swire. And it’s all down to people power. With 700 active supporters and 400 publicity boards across East Devon, and leaflets delivered to 45,000 [...]

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